Ragtime Tavern & Seafood Grill - Atlantic Beach

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229 reviews
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An Atlantic Beach, Florida favorite for over 25 years, Ragtime Tavern has earned numerous accolades for our creative cuisine, expertly handcrafted beers, outstanding service and lively atmosphere. Beginning in 1983 as a small neighborhood meeting place with only 12 tables and a single bar, Ragtime has since grown into a hot spot that the locals can’t stop raving about. Ragtime serves a variety of cuisines, including Cajun, fresh seafood, chicken and pasta, and uses only the freshest ingredients. Handcrafted and brewed to perfection, Ragtime Tavern goes to great lengths in serving each guest the freshest beer possible. This commitment to serving nothing but the finest and freshest beer possible has led to numerous awards.
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CS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing and the live band was a blast. If I had to give anything a bad review; the beers in the front bar (where the band is) were not cold.

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DK
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A fun place to bring a group (which we will be doing in August). The food and service are very
good....Ashley is 5-star. Seating is a little different from most restaurants......but, the reason is Ragtime's
ambiance is also different. One caution.....you had better like a noisy place.....sound reverberates
from the ceiling on to your table.....especially if you are seated near the music area.

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TD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Several of us had the Ragtime shrimp dinner. The shrimp were great but the red beans & rice and mixed veggies were so so. The mixed veggies seemed like they had been inadequately steamed and dumped out of a bag. However, the service was excellent and the price ok.

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AS
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and always terrific service! We try to visit every few weeks.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love ragtime, Brittany has been our waitress more than once and is fantastic at what she does! Great experience, even better food. Try the hummus plate!

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner, was good

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Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been customers of Ragtime since they first opened. I normally wouldn’t leave a review except for the fact that we some at our table (two of us were visiting from Nashville) had a surprisingly bad meal. Two people got salads and added grilled shrimp as the protein. Being so close to Mayport and being a restaurant that specializes in seafood, we bragged about how good the shrimp was in our area. We were surprised that the shrimp were about the size of my thumb, tasted like they were frozen and given the tiny size, my guess were farm raised and imported from somewhere like Vietnam. If Ragtime needs to charge a little more to serve locally caught Mayport shrimp, they would be advised by this writer to do so. It certainly would be worth it in the quality of their meals and the satisfaction of their customers.

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s
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

So apparently Ragtime does not really have reservations. Not sure why they are even on Open Table. We arrived on time for our reservation and was told we would be added to the wait list. We were sat in 30 minutes which wasn't too terrible, but not at all what we were expecting when making a reservation. Some dishes were enjoyed (good reviews for etouffee and blackened mahi, rice and beans were great). However, 100% frozen coconut shrimp and vegetables. Bleh. Who serves frozen seasonal vegetables? We had a good time and staff was friendly and accommodating given it was such a busy night (again why I booked a reservation in advance). This was our first time here. We may go back for cocktails but this foodie does not appreciate being served frozen food.

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was outstanding but came out very slowly. Server kept forgetting what we had requested (i.e. glass of ice, lemons for tea, more napkins...we were there for over 2 hours. Way too long for a lunch.

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JR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing Mother’s Day brunch. The food was great, the service was great and overall we were very happy!

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LD
Jacksonville
22 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Ragtime. It is a beaches institution! I ordered the special, grilled wahoo with veggies and red beans/rice.... delicious fresh fish and the red beans never disappoint. My daughter had the chicken pasta - her “go to” meal (or the chicken wings lol)

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p
Jacksonville
30 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed having lunch at Ragtime. It’s always fairly quiet at lunch time.

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LD
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love dining at Ragtime! I ordered the ahi tuna salad and it was delish! My daughter had the chicken pasta and it was cooked to her liking (without tomatoes) - special requests are never a problem at Ragtime because all is freshly prepared. I hope Ragtime will always be around because they have great food, fun night life with live bands and lots of meeting spaces. Great job to this piece of beaches history.

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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always solid!

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BL
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Let me preface my "I do not recommend this" with, I do not recommend going during tourist season. The place was packed. Food was ok, but nothing really wanting me to say "I'm willing to make the effort to come back." Parking is an absolute nightmare. They have valet service across the street, but the lot fills quickly and you can (and I did) spend more than 30 minutes riding around looking for somewhere to park. Our server was nice enough, but it took quite a while to even get drink refills. I don't really think this was her fault as more so with them not having enough staff that night. My husband had steak and I had shrimp tacos. The shrimp were bland and barely cooked. My husband's steak looked nice, but at $40 it should be in my opinion.

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DS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The band was great, food was outstanding, we had the etoufee and shrimp/lobster tacos. The beniots were to die for.

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TL
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had the Ribeye and the Filet Mignon, they were sooo tender and tasty, we really enjoyed them, the veggie was cold so that could have been better, the mini russet potatoes were also very good. Will definitely return on our next Jax weekend.

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d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sesame tuna is amazing!! Every time I am anywhere near this place,it's a "gimme" where I'm going to eat!

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m
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, service and overall value were OUTSTANDING.
The place could do with some serious ACOUSTICS though. It is uncomfortably LOUD.

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Good beer, excellent food, good happy hour appetizer specials. The most deafening noise I’ve ever experienced while dining.

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p
Jacksonville
30 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place to lunch with group. Quiet, not crowded and good food.

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J
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! A piece of advice for the restaurant, when someone makes a reservation it would be nice to be seated in a booth instead of a table in the middle of the bar section (restaurant was not even close to being full). Other than that, everything was great!

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S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Compared to other similarly priced places, I just wasn't impressed with the quality of food whatsoever. The fish was so-so, the steamed vegetables felt like they were frozen and simply steamed - there was no seasoning and the broccoli and cauliflower were overdone and mushy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such s fun time! And the filet was divine!

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T
E. Tennessee
52 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Picked on a whim as it was near where we were driving - a late birthday lunch. Service was good and fast, food came out very quickly. I had hummus salad + salmon and partner had crab cake sandwich, we loved both. They did not really acknowledge our "it's his birthday" comment, which is unusual for a restaurant, but it was ok. I would imagine it's very loud in there on a busy day.

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M
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We stopped in for dinner before a book signing event just down the street. We had been here before and were pleased with the service and food. The restaurant is large with all types of seating arrangements and a full bar. On this visit my wife had the New World hummus platter, fresh hummus and veggies. I had the Shrimp and lobster with pasta served in a light cream sauce. Both were good my plate had lots of both shrimp and chunks of lobster. Virginia served us and did a fine job. They have an extensive menu, enough to satisfy most dining desires.

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RC
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has gone through many changes in the 25+ years we have been going. A few fits and starts after corporate acquisition years ago, but it has been consistently great the last few years. Unfortunately, the secret is out about our little gem of a neighborhood in AB and it is impossible to park anywhere without having to wait 15-30 minutes for your car. This is A1A VALET, not Ragtime.
Ragtime continues to be the centerpiece of the AB/NB corner.

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T
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Our server (Danielle) was courteous, friendly and attentive.
The food was not very good. The calamari appetizer was good. The fried crab sandwich special was flavorless and soggy. The steak tacos entree had very little steak (mostly stuffed with lettuce) and approximately 1/3 of it was unchewable fatty and tough pieces. Disappointing after it came highly recommended by a local patron.

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LD
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don’t usually go to the same restaurant each week but I recently joined SkyMiles Dining and am trying to take advantage of extra points incentives. I have to say that the food at Ragtime has been consistently yummy! I had the chicken tacos special and my daughter had the wings. Great quality, perfect portions and great service! We will keep coming back for all these reasons plus the great location and atmosphere.

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HC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and live music. The staff is very friendly and the place is very nice.

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p
Jacksonville
30 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for our gatherings. Food and service are always good.

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LD
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Ragtime! It is a great place to hang out at the beach. I had the teriyaki mahi and it was delicious. It was served with vegetables and red beans & rice... yum! The others had steak tacos which is another favorite.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The server brought my dish first then my husband’s dish a few minutes later. My dish cooled somewhat. Disappointing but food was good.

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LO
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Service was great....will definitely be back!!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best shrimp and grits in Florida!

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Our reservation was not honored. They have a priority seating for open table reservations and after waiting 40 minutes past our time I asked to speak to the manager. She was very nice and comped a round of drinks when we got our table. I shared they should be more upfront about that or don’t take reservations or call and explain when the reservation is booked. If you have other plans like we did it makes it difficult.

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wings were great! Drinks got more watered down as the hour got later. Consistency would be appreciated. Our waitress was great. She anticipated our needs. She had good time management.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We opted for the special King Crab Legs and the quantity and quality was perfect. Our server was very attentive and met our needs.

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OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food. Service was excellent. The swordfish special was amazing!! Should keep that on the menu.

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JN
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service .. great food ... great ambience love the decor

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